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'Salem's Lot

'Salem's Lot
A Book

by Stephen King

  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release : 2008-05-06
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN : 0385528221
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town. With this, his second novel, Stephen King established himself as an indisputable master of American horror, able to transform the old conceits of the genre into something fresh and all the more frightening for taking place in a familiar, idyllic locale.

The Gothic World of Stephen King

The Gothic World of Stephen King
Landscape of Nightmares

by Gary Hoppenstand,Ray Broadus Browne

  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release : 1987
  • Pages : 143
  • ISBN : 9780879724115
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Stephen King’s popularity lies in his ability to reinterpret the standard Gothic tale in new and exciting ways. Through his eyes, the conventional becomes unconventional and wonderful. King thus creates his own Gothic world and then interprets it for us. This book analyzes King’s interpretations and his mastery of popular literature. The essays discuss adolescent revolt, the artist as survivor, the vampire in popular literature, and much more.

Dissecting Stephen King

Dissecting Stephen King
From the Gothic to Literary Naturalism

by Heidi Strengell

  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN : 9780299209742
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In a thoughtful, well-informed study exploring fiction from throughout Stephen King's immense oeuvre, Heidi Strengell shows how this popular writer enriches his unique brand of horror by building on the traditions of his literary heritage. Tapping into the wellsprings of the gothic to reveal contemporary phobias, King invokes the abnormal and repressed sexuality of the vampire, the hubris of Frankenstein, the split identity of the werewolf, the domestic melodrama of the ghost tale. Drawing on myths and fairy tales, he creates characters who, like the heroic Roland the Gunslinger and the villainous Randall Flagg, may either reinforce or subvert the reader's childlike faith in society. And in the manner of the naturalist tradition, he reinforces a tension between the free will of the individual and the daunting hand of fate. Ultimately, Strengell shows how King shatters our illusions of safety and control: "King places his decent and basically good characters at the mercy of indifferent forces, survival depending on their moral strength and the responsibility they may take for their fellow men."

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture
What Becomes a Legend Most

by William Patrick Day

  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release : 2021-02-15
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN : 0813153948
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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While vampire stories have been part of popular culture since the beginning of the nineteenth century, it has been in recent decades that they have become a central part of American culture. Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture looks at how vampire stories—from Bram Stoker's Dracula to Blacula, from Bela Lugosi's films to Love at First Bite—have become part of our ongoing debate about what it means to be human. William Patrick Day looks at how writers and filmmakers as diverse as Anne Rice and Andy Warhol present the vampire as an archetype of human identity, as well as how many post-modern vampire stories reflect our fear and attraction to stories of addiction and violence. He argues that contemporary stories use the character of Dracula to explore modern values, and that stories of vampire slayers, such as the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, integrate current feminist ideas and the image of the Vietnam veteran into a new heroic version of the vampire story.

Hollywood's Stephen King

Hollywood's Stephen King
A Book

by Tony Magistrale

  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release : 2003-11-22
  • Pages : 233
  • ISBN : 9780312293215
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A definitive overview of film adaptations of the works of horror master Stephen King analyzes the thematic, narative, and character links that are revealed among his films, exploring such popular films as Stand By Me, Misery, The Shining, The Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption, among others. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Adapting Stephen King

Adapting Stephen King
Volume 1, Carrie, 'Salem's Lot and The Shining from Novel to Screenplay

by Joseph Maddrey

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2021-07-21
  • Pages : 187
  • ISBN : 1476684626
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Stephen King's fiction has formed the basis of more motion picture adaptations than any other living author. Over half a century since his earliest publications, Hollywood filmmakers continue to reinvent, reimagine, remake, and reboot King's stories, with mixed results. This book, volume 1 in a series, examines the various screen adaptations of King's first three novels: Carrie, Salem's Lot, and The Shining. Reaching further than questions of fidelity to the author and adherence to directorial visions, it charts the development of each individual adaptation from first option to final cut. Through old and new interviews with the writers, producers, and directors of these films--as well as in-depth analyses of produced and unproduced screenplays--it illuminates the adaptation process as an intricately collaborative endeavor. Rather than merely synopsize the resulting stories, its goal is to compare, contrast, and contextualize each of these adaptations as the products of their creators.

As American as Mom, Baseball, and Apple Pie

As American as Mom, Baseball, and Apple Pie
Constructing Community in Contemporary American Horror Fiction

by Linda J. Holland-Toll

  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release : 2001
  • Pages : 297
  • ISBN : 9780879728526
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book does nothing less than redefine the very genre of horror fiction, calling into question the usual conventions, motifs, and elements. Unlike many critics of this genre, Linda Holland-Toll sees dis/affirmative horror fiction acting neither to soothe fears nor reduce them to the vicarious “thrills ‘n’ chills” mode, but as intensifying the fears inherent in everyday life.

Stephen King on the Small Screen

Stephen King on the Small Screen
A Book

by Mark Browning

  • Publisher : Intellect Books
  • Release : 2014-05-27
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 1841504556
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this follow up to Stephen King on the Big Screen (2009) Mark Browning turns his critical eye upon the much-neglected subject of the best-selling author’s work in television, examining what it is about King’s fiction that makes it particularly suitable for the small screen.By focusing on this body of work, from ratings successes The Stand and The Night Flier to lesser- known TV films Storm of the Century (1999), Rose Red (2002), Kingdom Hospital (2003) and the 2004 remake of Salem’s Lot, Browning is able to articulate how these adaptations work and, in turn, suggest new ways of viewing them. The book is the first written by a film specialist to consider King’s television work in its own right, and rejects previous attempts to make the films and books fit rigid thematic categories. Browning examines what makes a written or visual text successful at evoking fear on a case-by-case basis, in a highly readable and engaging way. He also considers the relationship between the big and small screen. Why, for instance, are some TV versions more effective than movie adaptations and vice versa? In the process, Stephen King on the Big Screen is able to shed new light on what it is that makes King’s novels so successful and reveal the elements of style and approach that have helped make King one of the world’s best-selling authors.

The Vampire in Folklore, History, Literature, Film and Television

The Vampire in Folklore, History, Literature, Film and Television
A Comprehensive Bibliography

by Anonim

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2015-09-18
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN : 1476620830
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This comprehensive bibliography covers writings about vampires and related creatures from the 19th century to the present. More than 6,000 entries document the vampire’s penetration of Western culture, from scholarly discourse, to popular culture, politics and cook books. Sections by topic list works covering various aspects, including general sources, folklore and history, vampires in literature, music and art, metaphorical vampires and the contemporary vampire community. Vampires from film and television—from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and the Twilight Saga—are well represented.

Teaching Stephen King

Teaching Stephen King
Horror, the Supernatural, and New Approaches to Literature

by A. Burger

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2016-04-08
  • Pages : 211
  • ISBN : 1137483911
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Teaching Stephen King critically examines the works of Stephen King and several ways King can be incorporated into the high school and college classroom. The section on Variations on Horror Tropes includes chapters on the vampire, the werewolf, the undead monster, and the ghost. The section on Real Life Horror includes chapters on King's school shooting novella Rage, sexual violence, and coming of age narratives. Finally, the section on Playing with Publishing includes chapters on serial publishing and The Green Mile, e-books, and graphic novels.

Icons of Horror and the Supernatural [Two Volumes]

Icons of Horror and the Supernatural [Two Volumes]
A Book

by S. T. Joshi

  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release : 2006-12-01
  • Pages : 819
  • ISBN : 031308100X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Each entry discusses a type of monster or villian in horror, science fiction, or supernatural literature or films, providing a history of when it first appeared in the genre, criticism of its incarnations since, and what makes it so frightening.

Scaring Us to Death

Scaring Us to Death
The Impact of Stephen King on Popular Culture

by Michael R. Collings

  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Release : 1997
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN : 0930261372
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this revised and expanded edition of "The Stephen King Phenomenon," Dr. Michael R. Collings re-examines the impact of Stephen King on popular culture.

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance
A Book

by Robin Furth,Stephen King

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2006-12-05
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN : 0743297342
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Offers a guide to Stephen King's epic fantasy series, "The Dark Tower," covering characters, Mid-World geography, and the High Speech lexicon.

Larry Cohen

Larry Cohen
The Radical Allegories of an Independent Filmmaker, rev. ed.

by Tony Williams

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2016-04-18
  • Pages : 380
  • ISBN : 1476618194
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Now in a revised edition, this book is the only published study devoted to Larry Cohen and his significance as a great American filmmaker. The first edition is long out of print and often sought after. This edition covers all the director’s films, television work and screenplays, and contains an updated interview with the director as well as interviews with his colleagues Janelle Webb Cohen, Michael Moriarty and James Dixon. The filmography and bibliography are also updated.

The Complete Stephen King Universe

The Complete Stephen King Universe
A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King

by Stanley Wiater,Christopher Golden,Hank Wagner

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release : 2006-05-30
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN : 9781429931458
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe. Here is the guide to that universe. The Complete Stephen King Universe is the only definitive reference work that examines all of Stephen King's novels, short stories, motion pictures, miniseries, and teleplays, and deciphers the threads that exist in all of his work. This ultimate resource includes in-depth story analyses, character breakdowns, little-known facts, and startling revelations on how the plots, themes, characters, and conflicts intertwine. After discovering The Complete Stephen King Universe, you will never read Stephen King the same way again.

A Brief Guide to Stephen King

A Brief Guide to Stephen King
A Book

by Paul Simpson

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2014-03-20
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1472110749
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Stephen King’s first novel Carrie in April 1974. Rescued from the rubbish by his wife Tabitha, the novel launched the Maine schoolteacher on a prolific and extraordinarily successful career. His name has become synonymous with horror and suspense through over fifty works, including The Dark Tower, a retelling of Byron’s Childe Harold to the Dark Tower Came. Simpson traces the writer’s life from his difficult childhood – his father went out to the shops and never came back – through his initial books under the pseudonym Richard Bachman to the success of Carrie, Salem’s Lot and The Shining in the 1970s, and beyond. He examines how King’s writing was affected by the accident that nearly killed him in 1999 and how his battles with alcohol and addiction to medication have been reflected in his stories. The guide will also take a look at the very many adaptation’s of King’s work in movies, on television and radio, and in comic books.

Stephen King's America

Stephen King's America
A Book

by Jonathan P. Davis

  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release : 1994
  • Pages : 183
  • ISBN : 9780879726485
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Stephen King's America aims to heighten awareness of the numerous American issues that resonate throughout King's fiction, issues that bear universal application to the evolution of the human condition.

Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre

Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre
The Films of Tobe Hooper

by John Kenneth Muir

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2015-07-11
  • Pages : 206
  • ISBN : 1476613354
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The sound of chainsaws revving on “haunted” Halloween trails has evoked untold screams since Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre hit the cinemas. Since that first take-no-prisoners horror movie, Hooper’s reputation as a master of horror has been secured by his adaptations of Stephen King (Salem’s Lot, 1978, and The Mangler, 1995), his blockbuster breakthrough Poltergeist (1982) and a variety of cult hits, from the underrated Lifeforce (1985) to the remake of Invaders from Mars (1986). This reference work is divided into five parts. Part I provides a history and overview of Tobe Hooper’s career. Part II offers entries (with synopses, complete credits, critical reception and commentaries) on every feature film by year of release. Part III provides chronological information on Hooper’s television movies and miniseries. Part IV offers entries on his episodes from horror television series. Part V is a critical essay and conclusion which places Hooper in horror film history and compares his work to all-time greats such as Romero, Craven and Carpenter.

Hearths of Darkness

Hearths of Darkness
The Family in the American Horror Film, Updated Edition

by Tony Williams

  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 2014-11-27
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 1626743517
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hearths of Darkness: The Family in the American Horror Film traces the origins of the 1970s family horror subgenre to certain aspects of American culture and classical Hollywood cinema. Far from being an ephemeral and short-lived genre, horror actually relates to many facets of American history from its beginnings to the present day. Individual chapters examine aspects of the genre, its roots in the Universal horror films of the 1930s, the Val Lewton RKO unit of the 1940s, and the crucial role of Alfred Hitchcock as the father of the modern American horror film. Subsequent chapters investigate the key works of the 1970s by directors such as Larry Cohen, George A. Romero, Brian De Palma, Wes Craven, and Tobe Hooper, revealing the distinctive nature of films such as Bone, It’s Alive, God Told Me To, Carrie, The Exorcist, Exorcist 2, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the contributions of such writers as Stephen King. Williams also studies the slasher films of the 1980s and 1990s, such as the Friday the 13th series, Halloween, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Nightmare on Elm Street, exploring their failure to improve on the radical achievements of the films of the 1970s. After covering some post-1970s films, such as The Shining, the book concludes with a new postscript examining neglected films of the twentieth and early twenty-first century. Despite the overall decline in the American horror film, Williams determines that, far from being dead, the family horror film is still with us. Elements of family horror even appear in modern television series such as The Sopranos. This updated edition also includes a new introduction.

Stephen King

Stephen King
A Book

by Harold Bloom

  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN : 143811348X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Though often disparaged by literary critics, Stephen King's work has influenced a generation of horror and science fiction writers. Acting as a study guide, this book features the important critical interpretations of the horror master's work.